Project Tango goes out of this world

Project Tango may not have been conceived in a galaxy far, far away, but on July 11 with the aid of NASA, Google's 3D sensing phone will be sent into space. The 3D sensing phones will be the brains that control and power NASA's Synchronized Position Hold, Enage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, robots aboard the International Space Station.

Image credit: Reuters

Thanks to Project Tango's sensing capabilities with a motion-tracking camera as well as an IR sensor, NASA's SPHERES robots will be able to create a 3D map and navigate around space with precision accuracy. SPHERES will be able to perform tasks on their own in situations where it would be too dangerous for astronauts to conduct these activities or maneuvers.

Google is also partnering with LG in creating a Project Tango tablet and it hopes that consumers will be able to purchase Project Tango as early as next year.

Source: NASA via Reuters; image credit: Reuters

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7nexus7 says:

Awesome news!!

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royinferno69 says:

This is pretty sweet. Love the fact that a lot of developers from different companies and different backgrounds got on board and helped out with the project.

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How awesome is that!? I would love to work for Google!

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mwara244 says:

Nasa and The Euro space agency has already launched Nexus Phones into space. HTC One and Nexus S i think. One of them was to listen for any kind of noise whatsoever to see if sound at any frequency can be heard and received.

Hunter Petit says:

See, this is what I love about Google. They are so innovative and cool. You don't here about NASA sending a iPhone into space, or Apple Glass, or Apple Self Driving Cars, or other cool things Google is doing.

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tomh1979 says:

That's cause Apple hasn't announced they invented all this stuff yet, as they will eventually, loll.

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aitt says:

That's because apple is not trying to create SkyNet ...

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Cause google is totally going to rule the world like skynet.. maybe someday the power will be too much for them, but for now. They are doing too fantastic and having too much fun to be greedy, and that. I can live with. The idea of Google overtaking government s is a little out there and farfetched but time will tell (;

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Sunofabob says:


AC App via Nexus 5

neonworm says:

That is really cool.

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Dizfunctions says:

Leave it to NASA to find such a cool application of a 3D phone.

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Hunter Petit says:

See Amazon, this is a real 3D phone.

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s2weden2000 says:

Are those nexus ones still in orbit?

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